How great would it be if your pup actually enjoyed bath time? That's the goal at Mutts & Co., a Dublin self-serve dog wash shop that also offers a full line of doggie spa packages. Think massaging baths, aromatherapy wraps and hot-oil treatments.
How great would it be if your pup actually enjoyed bath time?
That's the goal at Mutts & Co., a Dublin self-serve dog wash shop that also offers a full line of doggie spa packages. Think massaging baths, aromatherapy wraps and hot-oil treatments.
Patrons can use the store's waist-high tubs to wash their own dogs. The self-serve stations include shampoo, conditioner, brushes, spritzers, cotton balls for ears, towels and dryers.
Then there's the ultimate dog wash.
"One of the tubs is also equipped with a HydroSurge pet wash," said owner Deborah Vitt. "It's like a power-wash for your dog. It mixes the shampoo and conditioner for you, and the pressure acts as a massage for your dog."
If you don't have the time to do it yourself, professional groomers are on staff to take care of your dog's grooming needs.
The shop's spa services include an Aromatherapy Wrap for dogs who need a little relaxing, and a Sweet Sugar Scrub offering exfoliation for irritated skin. Dogs with oily coats or itchy skin might enjoy a Dead Sea Mud Wrap, while a Hot Oil Treatment is perfect for dogs with dry coats.
One of the most popular spa services is the De-Shed treatment.
"Double-coated breeds like chows and huskies get really hot in the summer," said groomer Katie Koogler. "You have to make sure you're getting the undercoat out. Fleas and ticks are so prominent."
Taking out the undercoat can protect the dog from overheating or irritated skin, which can turn into hot spots, Vitt said, and "that's when the licking and biting start."
Once your dog is clean, clipped and relaxed he won't have to wait long. "People make appointments and we call them 15 minutes before their dog is done," Vitt said. "Our dogs are never in crates."
While your dog is waiting for you to pick him up, he can do a little window shopping. Treats, toys and food are available in the front of the store.
Vitt moved to Columbus from the West Coast, where self-serve dog washes were more common.
"It's so easy because everything you need is right there," Vitt said. "When we moved here, it's one of the first things we looked for."
And since she couldn't find what she needed, Vitt created it. She didn't stop there.
Vitt's passion is dogs. She has three rescue dogs - Beauregarde, Daisy and Penny - and helps local breed rescues and shelters whenever she can.
"We encourage people to come in on Wednesday," Vitt said. "That's when a portion of every self-serve wash goes to the rescue designated for that month."